Pitch submissions now open!

Deadline July 15th.

$50,000 IN PRIZES!

ABOUT THE PITCH

Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, whether just starting or looking to grow to the next level.

This year, more than 1,000 Indigenous entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses online for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000 CAD.

7 REASONS TO PITCH

1
$50,000 in prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000 CAD.
2
Gain exposure to grow faster.
3
Become eligible for the Pow Wow Pitch Box Program, where we buy and distribute up to 250 units of your products.
4
Get access to the Pow Wow Pitch Seed Fund to scale up.
5
Pair up with one of our mentors, committed to your success.
6
Access free tools and opportunities to grow your business.
7
Join a community of Indigenous innovators, makers, artists and builders making a difference in their community.

CRITERIA & SCORING

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PRESENTATION

Have you clearly communicated your product/service, value proposition and a pathway to sustainability and success?

/5

EXECUTION

Have you convinced the judges you will follow through on your business goals?

/5

MOTIVATION

Have you clearly communicated how you will use the money to start or take that next step?

WHO QUALIFIES?

Indigenous (Inuit, Métis or First Nations) people living anywhere on Turtle Island (Canada, the United States or Mexico) of any age or gender with an idea or business at any stage and in any industry.

PITCH TIMELINE

21
Jun
2021

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Complete a short form and submit your 1-minute video.

15
Jul
2021

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

Deadline to submit your application and video.
09
Aug
2021

REGIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

150 Semi-Finalists announced.
16
Aug
2021

MANDATORY PREPARATION WEEK

August 16 - 18
Semi-Finalists meet with producers and mentors to prepare for the pitch.
24
Aug
2021

SEMI-FINAL PITCH SHOW FILMING WEEK

August 24 - 26
Filming Sessions: Atlantic Canada, BC and Territories (Aug 24), Quebec and Prairies (Aug 25), Ontario, United States and Mexico (Aug 26).
20
Sep
2021

SEMI-FINAL BROADCAST WEEK

September 20 - 25
Broadcasting Episodes: Atlantic (Sep 20), Quebec (Sep 21), Ontario (Sep 22), Prairies (Sep 23), BC & North (Sep 24) and the United States & Mexico (Sept 25).
27
Sep
2021

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Top 25 Finalists announced.
12
Oct
2021

FINALIST PITCH SHOW FILMING

Filming session.
20
Oct
2021

FINAL BROADCAST

Broadcasting Episode: Top 25 pitch and winners announced.

FAQ

Can I submit more than one business or idea?

Yes, you can pitch as many businesses or ideas as you like; however, only one can make it through to the semi-finals.

Can I pitch my idea even if I have not yet started a business?

Yes, you can pitch an idea even if you haven’t started. It would be best if you took extra effort to convince the judges that you have every intention to follow through in your pitch.

Can I pitch a business that I have been running for a while?

Absolutely. It would be best if you took extra effort to share how far you have come and how you will use the funds to take your business to the next level in your pitch.

What type of business can I submit?

You can submit an idea, business, nonprofit, social enterprise, sole proprietorship, cooperative or any other form of business activity.

What if I don’t have a website or online presence?

That is no problem. As part of the Pow Wow Pitch, we will provide you with free tools and training to get your business online.

What is the mentorship part of the Pow Wow Pitch?

All semi-finalists will be paired with a mentor for a 1-hour session. During your session, you will present your 1-minute pitch to your mentor, and they will give you feedback to help you prepare for your pitch. Mentors are volunteers who are passionate about supporting you and your business to succeed.

What information should I include in my one-minute pitch?

Here are some ideas on what to include in your pitch.

  • Introduce yourself and the name of your business.
  • Please tell us where you live and what Indigenous community you are part of.
  • Tell us why you started your business and the problem your business looks to solve.
  • Tell us how far you have taken your business and your vision for the future.
  • Tell us about yourself, your team, and why you are the one to take the business forward.
  • Please tell us what you would spend the $15,000 on.
  • Tell us why you should win the 2021 Pow Wow Pitch and what impact you win will have on the community.
Can I use props or displays during my pitch?

Absolutely! You can show us your products or services, wear or display your logo.

What if I don’t have a business name?

It’s okay not to have a business name; however, you will need to pick a name (even if it’s temporary) to participate in Pow Wow Pitch.

How many prizes are there and how much funding is available?

Prizes up for grabs totalling $50,000 CAD:

  • 12 Regional Prizes of $500 (2 for each region)
  • 1 People's Choice Prize $500
  • 1 Youth Prize (under 19 years of age) $1,000
  • 4th Prize $2,500
  • 3rd Prize $5,000
  • 2nd Prize $10,000
  • 1st Prize $25,000
What are the Regions, and how does it work?

You will be competing based on where you live. There are six regions for this year’s competition: Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, BC and the North, and the United States and Mexico.

Can I use a PowerPoint presentation?

No. For Pow Wow Pitch, we are more interested in getting to know you as an entrepreneur. You can follow a script, but we want to get to know the real you.

What can I use the funding for?

The cash prizes are non-repayable. You can spend them in anyway you like to support your business goals.

If I have pitched before, can I pitch again this year?

Absolutely. If you had pitched before and did not win one of the top three prizes, you are welcome to pitch again. However, even if you won a top-three prize, you are welcome to pitch a different idea or business.

What do you mean by Indigenous?

To compete in the Pow Wow Pitch, you must belong to an Indigenous community as an Inuit, Métis or First Nations person.